Upcoming melo romance Faraway Beauty 玉骨遥 (literal translation)stars Ren Min as Zhuyan, a princess of Kongsang empire who escapes from an arranged marriage. Xiao Zhan plays Shiying, a prince of the Kingdom of Kongsang who is banished to the remote mountains and ends up as her teacher and love interest.
Directed by Jiang Jiajun (The Legend of Xiao Chuo) and written by Wu Yingying (The Wife’s Lies, Bubu Jingqing), the Tencent series is a very loose adaption of Cang Yue’s fantasy romance novel Zhuyan.
Studios have released perfectly photoshopped pictures of their stars ahead of the broadcast of Douyin’s event (although it probably isn’t getting the level of attention it would like at the moment…). Catch the stars on the red carpet now at Youku.
Director Zhang Kaizhou (The Story of Ming Lan) returns to the Song Dynasty in Serenade of Peaceful Joy (formerly Held in the Lonely Castle) in this tale of the court and harem of the Emperor Renzong of Song (Wang Kai). The series focuses on the attempts of the leads to try to balance their responsibilities and personal lives and stars Wang Kai, Jiang Shuying, Ren Min, Bian Cheng, Yang Le, Wang Churan, Ye Zuxin, Yu En’tai, Xu Lingyue, and Zhang Tian’ai.
Here’s a compilation of the much more enticing TV spots for Serenade of Peaceful Joy (formerly Held in the Lonely Castle), focusing on the relationships between the Emperor (Wang Kai) and his Empress (Jiang Shuying), favorite concubine (Wang Churan), daughter (Ren Min), and first love (Crystal Zhang Tian’ai), as well as that between the Princess and her first crush (Ding Jiawen), husband, eunuch (Bian Cheng), and father.
The drama has been moved back to April 7th due to a national day of mourning for victims of the coronavirus on April 4th.
So SARFT has decided to give Held in the Lonely Castle a new name, and the historical drama is now going by the name Serenade of Peaceful Joy 清平乐. The new name is the title of a popular song during the Song Dynasty commonly used by poets to pen lyrics of common life, a reference to the peaceful and prosperous reign under the Emperor Renzong, in part perhaps due to the high and lonely standards the Emperor held for himself and his family. Wang Kai plays the emperor stuck between a rock and hard place, while Jiang Shuying costars as his empress.
The 69 episode drama airs daily on Hunan TV beginningApril 6 April 7.
Despite the name change, there is definitely not an iota of joy in the new trailer below.
Four young leading actresses – Ren Min (Cry Me a Sad River, Held in the Lonely Castle), Zhang Ruonan (Cry Me a Sad River, Everybody Wants to Meet You), Zhou Ye (Better Days, The National Southwest Associated University and Us), and Sun Yihan (MeteorGarden, The Perilous Internet Ring) – gather together for this girls’ dormitory photoshoot by Han Xinlu.
From classics like Daming Palace/Palace of Desire and Chinese Paladin to recent films like The Legend of Demon Cat and Cry Me a Sad River, Tencent’s new acting competition Attention, Actors 演员倾就位 combines the best of I am an actor and Phantastic by capturing the actors for a TV performance rather than on stage while still maintaining an one-take rule. Featuring directors Chen Kaige, Li Shaohong, Vicki Zhao Wei, and Guo Jingming, the resulting segments are on average far more watchable than the other two.
Plus, they have some great stills and posters that are better than many dramas and film posters that are wallpaper-worthy. You can watch episode two English subbed here. Zhang Yunlong and Chen Xiaoyun act out Romance in the Rain: